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IRC Symposium 2013 - monitoring sustainable WASH service delivery

posted 6 Jul 2012, 01:40 by RCN Uganda

As water and sanitation coverage expands, the need to know the status of systems and services becomes even more critical. Governments are increasingly realising the importance of good monitoring information at multiple levels to ensure services are sustainable and investments are not wasted. The number of initiatives to strengthen WASH service monitoring is growing, new tools are being developed, and international indicators are being refined. The 2013 IRC Symposium will provide a global platform for sharing these initiatives and experiences. Please mark your calendars for 9 to 11 April 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A first official announcement with more details will be circulated in early July. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us with your suggestions or questions symposium@irc.nl. We look forward to seeing you in Addis in April 2013!

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Linking water and food security on World Water Day 2012 – Food security begins at home

posted 6 Jul 2012, 01:38 by RCN Uganda

The Hague / Accra, 21 March 2012: On a day when the UN is highlighting water and food security, the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre is calling for policy changes to promote the use of water at home to boost people’s livelihoods. Homestead-level, small-scale production from livestock and vegetable gardens makes the difference for millions of poor families. IRC and partner organisations are pressing for the value of water use for food and income at household level to be given greater recognition and acknowledged in bylaws and local policies as well as in the implementation of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH programmes.

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World Water Forum 6: Time for Solutions

posted 6 Jul 2012, 01:30 by RCN Uganda   [ updated 6 Jul 2012, 01:30 ]

The goal of the 6th World Water Forum (WWF) is to tackle the challenges our world is facing and to bring water high on all political agendas. There will be no sustainable development while the water issues remain unsolved. Everywhere on the planet, for all and everyone, the Right to Water (recognized by 189 states at the UN one year ago) must be guaranteed and implemented. The WWF creativity, innovation, competence and know-how in favour of water. It gathers all stakeholders around today’s local, regional and global issues that cannot be undertaken without all stakeholders into a common framework of goals and concrete targets to reach.

Follow the forum News as it happens
Various participants are representing Uganda such as the Uganda Water and sanitation NGO Network, the Triple-s project among others. They have published daily updates:

WASH Sector in crisis? Solutions exist
Marseille 13 March ‐ Civil Society organisations at the World Water Forum have described the
WASH sector as one in crisis citing the 2.2 million people who die every year from water and
sanitation related causes. Another 300 million people are exposed every year, to WASH‐related challenges arising from natural and man‐made disasters – earthquakes, floods, drought, and armed conflict among others.
By Lydia Mirembe, IRC/Triple‐S Uganda

Global CSO leaders speak out
The UWASNET Executive Director Doren Kabasindi Wandera has called a upon global leaders to ensure women's rights are observed if the right to Water and Sanitation should become a global reality.

Water Safety Conference

posted 6 Jul 2012, 01:29 by RCN Uganda

The theme of the conference is water quality and public health. The conference intends to show case contributions that highlight practices and policies with demonstrable impact on service delivery levels, drinking water quality and public health. Themes and topics of interest include:

  • Water Safety Plan implementation
  • Household Treatment and Safe Storage
  • Risk Assessment / Risk Management
  • Source protection
  • Health Impact Assessments for Water Quality Interventions
  • Innovative Policies and Regulations for Drinking Water Quality
  • Operation and Maintenance of Water Supply Systems
  • Risk-based Investment Planning for Water Supply Systems
  • Community Managed Water Supplies
  • Emerging Water Quality Risks

Of particular interest are submissions which respond to the management of water safety in the face of significant global challenges such as climate change, population growth and urbanisation.

Call for paper: 30 March 2012

Registration opens: 1st/ June/ 2012

Conference Date: 13th to 15th 2012 November

Venue: Kampala. Uganda

Contact the organizes: 
email us on ws2012@iwahq.org

Website http://web.nwsc.co.ug/iwa2012/index.html                                                                       

Did the UN overestimate early success in achieving the Millennium Development Goals on water and sanitation?—An “Inside story” look

posted 6 Jul 2012, 01:27 by RCN Uganda

On 8 March 2012, Al Jazeera’s “Inside story” took an in-depth look at the results of the Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report, produced by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. “Inside story” presenter, Adrian Finighan, was joined by Patrick Moriarty, IRC’s International programme director and Triple-S director; Joakim Harlin, UNDP senior water resources advisor; and Muhammad Jahangir, founder of Better Tomorrow, a water and sanitation NGO.

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Source: IRC, The Hague

The Annual Civil Society Forum is back

posted 10 May 2012, 23:49 by RCN Uganda   [ updated 21 Jun 2012, 00:01 ]

The  Annual Civil Society Forum will take place on the 3oth of May to 1st June at Hotel Africana. This forum brings together all civil society organizations  from all sectors.

The Uganda Water and Sanitation NGO Network is leading the thematic session on Natural resources and climate change. The forum will also features an exhibition.
To book yourself exhibition space please contact Judith of  UWASNET at jauma@uwasnet.org. The exhibition fee is 150,000 per day. This will cover a tent, electricity supply, tables and chairs for the exhibition space.

Joint Technical Review Minutes

posted 10 May 2012, 23:34 by RCN Uganda   [ updated 20 Jun 2012, 23:42 ]

The Development partners Joint Technical Review of the Ministry of Water and Environment was concluded in Lira from 23rd to 26th April 2012.

If you missed the proceedings, the agreed  minutes  of the event will summary the key discussions on the progress made towards the undertakings of 2011 of the sector.

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Triple-s Shares its Water videos

posted 10 May 2012, 23:22 by RCN Uganda   [ updated 20 Jun 2012, 23:43 ]

A message from IRC/Triple-S Uganda on World Water Day 2012


A documentary titled: “Our Water Our Responsibility” which highlights the key issues around the provision of water services in the decentralisation framework

For more Information visit the Triple-S Website http://www.waterservicesthatlast.org/

WASHTech presents at the Development Partners Joint Technical Review:

posted 26 Apr 2012, 00:10 by Micheal Jonga   [ updated 20 Jun 2012, 23:44 by RCN Uganda ]

The Joint Technical Review of the Water and Environment Sector will be held on the 24th to 26th in lira district.   This year’s theme focuses on “addressing environmental challenges for sustainable development” with aim of accessing the progress made towards the implementation of the JSR 2011 undertakings.

The Joint Sector Review will comprise of Field visits to various sector programs in Pader, Amolater, Oram and Adwari Local governments. The field visits will be followed with two day’s intense reflections on sub sectors of Water and Sanitation, Water Resources and Environmental and Natural Resources.

The Water and Environment Working group meeting will also convene on the Third day of the JTR. In a parallel season, SNV, Association of the private water operators, National water and sewerage co-operation and WASHTech will present various papers. WASH Tech will present the research findings on WASH Technology Introduction and adaptation in Uganda.

More information at the Ministry of Water and Environment website:

Behaviour change for improved hygiene and sanitation: not just a household affair!

posted 30 Mar 2012, 07:11 by Micheal Jonga   [ updated 20 Jun 2012, 23:45 by RCN Uganda ]

There is common agreement in the WASH sector that household hygiene and sanitation in rural areas in developing countries is, first and foremost, the responsibility of the household. With the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach, a stronger role of the community has been introduced in changing the hygiene and sanitation behaviour of the household members.

The PILS1 (Performance Improvement through Learning in Sanitation) project in three districts in Northern Uganda2 has focused on strengthening the supporting role to communities of local government and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) by facilitating district- and sub-county-based learning and action research. Working in a post-war environment, PILS has shown that improvements in coordination and the introduction of a learning process among the decentralised stakeholders can contribute to innovation, better financing and local solutions. The experiences with the PILS project can help the development of hygiene and sanitation policies and their implementation in Uganda.

Author: René van Lieshout, International Water and Sanitation centre (IRC), March 2012
Peer review: Valérie Bey, IRC

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